Union Fleurs Newsletter

August 2015

UNION FLEURS KEY NOTES - JULY / AUGUST 2015

The Union Fleurs KEY NOTES is a quarterly, free publication for industry relations that provides a selection of industry news with focus on information and updates on Union Fleurs events, activities and membership.

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UNION FLEURS 2015 Autumn Meeting - 6 to 9 November 2015 in Rotterdam, Netherlands: registration now open!

Union Fleurs is getting ready for its annual Autumn Meeting in Rotterdam from 6 to 9 November 2015, organised together with MPS and VGB which will host the event as part of MPS’ 20th anniversary celebrations and the 40 years of VGB.  The invitation  to the event has been sent to our members and network end of July and registration is as of now formally open. The deadline to register and book hotel rooms is 9 October 2015. We strongly recommend that participants book their hotel room as early as possible to guarantee availability at the Union Fleurs preferential rate!

This year, the Union Fleurs Autumn meeting has been arranged in the continuity of the International Flower Trade Fair (IFTF), held in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands from 4 to 6 November to allow easier travel plans and significant participation from the whole industry.

The programme will take participants to visit growers in the Westland during the weekend and discover Rotterdam Harbour, one of the largest in the world. Parts of the programme will be organised jointly with Florint, the International Florist Association, which will be holding its congress during the same week-end.

Monday 9 November will be dedicated to meetings: the Union Fleurs Members’ Meeting in the morning and a large-scale industry seminar in the afternoon, with a unique set of speakers who will address top influential topics shaping the future of the Floriculture Industry.

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Union Fleurs welcomes new members from Ethiopia and France

The Union Fleurs General Assembly formally approved on 18 April 2015 new members from Ethiopia and France:


EHPEA, the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association, is joining Union Fleurs as a full member.

 EHPEA was established in 2002 by five growers with the mission of contributing to the national economic development and addressing their mutual concerns in the horticulture production and marketing strive. At present, members of the association have grown in number, reaching a total of 96 at the beginning of 2014 and have become diversified. EHPEA is a not-for-profit non-governmental organization which represents and advocates the interests of its members both locally and internationally, with the mission to promote and safeguard the competitive position of the Ethiopian Horticulture sector within global markets.

Contact person: Mr. Tewodros Zewdie, Executive Director

Web: www.ehpea.org


Flower Systems SAS / Fleur Assistance, a leading French importer and wholesaler of cut flowers and pot plants based in Rungis, is joining Union Fleurs as affiliate member.

 Its CEO Maxime François is President of the FGFP (French Federation of wholesalers in cut flowers & plants) and has been active for many years in Val’hor, the French umbrella organisation for the ornamental sector.

Contact person: Mr. Maxime François, CEO

Web: www.fleurassistance.com

VAL’HOR,  the umbrella branch organization for ornamental horticulture in France, which has been an associate member of Union Fleurs since 2013, was confirmed as an affiliate member. The organisation includes 9 professional organisations covering all segments of the branch (commerce and distribution, flower shops, growers, landscaping, nurseries, etc).

Contact person: Mr. Jean-Marc Vasse, General Delegate

Web: www.valhor.fr

Union Fleurs members gathered in April in the South of France for a productive General Assembly 2015

On the occasion of the Union Fleurs 2015 General Assembly, 40 participants from 15 countries headed from 16 to 19 April to Sainte Maxime, in the South of France and near the city of Hyères, one of the most dynamic flower production zones in the country and where the main French flower auction is established. Reflecting the global reach of Union Fleurs, participants came not only from EU countries but also from Kenya, Colombia, Japan, Turkey, Israel, and Morocco.

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The Union Fleurs 2014 Activity report is now available

The Union Fleurs 2014 Annual Report was distributed at the recent 2015 General Assembly and is now available for download on the Union Fleurs website: www.unionfleurs.org.

The Annual Report is a useful tool to catch a glimpse of the association’s specific achievements in 2014, as well as its regular activities and highlights over the past year.The Union Fleurs office has in 2014 been more than ever actively involved in following up all kinds of ongoing trade negotiations and regulatory developments likely to impact the global floricultural trade.

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IFTEX 2015 lives up to expectations

In the first week of June 2015, Union Fleurs Secretary General Sylvie Mamias took part in the 4th International Flower Trade show IFTEX in Nairobi, Kenya which attracted this year 223 exhibiting companies and 2778 visitors during three days. As in previous years, the fair proved again a great occasion to catch up with many of the Union Fleurs members present at the show, to initiate contacts with potential new members and to strengthen ties with the Kenya Flower Council. Although less international flower buyers attended the show this year, the quality of visitors was reported high and exhibitors were very satisfied with the overall outcomes. One of the highlights of the fair was certainly the participation of H.E. Margaret Kenyatta, Kenya’s First Lady, to the opening ceremony, who spoke warmly of the important role that the floriculture industry plays in Kenya’s economy, and of its particular contribution to women empowerment. Ms. Kenyatta was honoured during the ceremony with a new pink rose variety named ‘Lady Margaret’ after her and launched on the occasion by Van Kleef breeders. Other high dignitaries were also present at the opening ceremony, reflecting the importance of Kenya floriculture for many countries around the world, including the Japan Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Tastushi Terada and the Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Joost Reintjes.

The next edition of IFTEX will take place in Nairobi from 8 to 10 June 2016, in conjunction with Kenya Flower Council 20th anniversary celebrations and the Union Fleurs 2016 General Assembly.

Looking back at Valentine’s Day 2015: focus on consumer issues & supply- chain challenges

As every year, Valentine’s Day on 14 February marks the peak season of the floriculture industry. For the occasion, Union Fleurs released for the third year in a row a Valentine’s Day special edition of its weekly media review, to cover the different opinion pieces and articles about the state of the global production and trade of flowers. A number of negative reviews and articles inevitably remained, but in general, journalists and bloggers chose to focus this year on supply chain challenges for the industry on Valentine's Day. Many articles explored the origins of the flowers, their transport and the logistics from farm to shelf. Business and consumer issues such as price setting and new flower trends were also big hits.

Sylvie Mamias invited to speak at the Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Conference

The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project (KHCP) is an initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help small farmers and allied agribusinesses take advantage of local, regional, and global market opportunities. It is part of US President Barack Obama's Feed the Future initiative. In an effort to support continuous growth of the Kenya horticulture industry, KHCP held a large-scale conference on 22 January 2015 in Nairobi (Kenya) to mark the release of the USAID/KHCP Global Competitiveness Study, which seeks to identify and diagnose critical constraints to the Kenya Horticulture industry’s performance on global markets (e.g. rising production costs, long transport times, poor regulatory compliance). Organised in partnership with the Kenya Flower Council and other key players in the Kenya Horticulture industry, the Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Conference marked a starting point to defining and implementing a strategic action plan to reposition the industry over the next five years.

Sylvie Mamias, Union Fleurs Secretary General, was invited on this occasion to share with the conference attendees a global picture of the dynamics of the international trade in cut flowers  and to identify key trends and prospects for Kenya flower exports. The audience consisted of more than 400 delegates from Kenya, including senior policy makers, exporters, growers, academics, government officials and technical advisors. Other key speakers at the conference included representatives from major retailers, direct sales organizations and agribusiness leaders. The conference proved a very interesting event and gained large coverage in Kenya national media, demonstrating once more the importance of the horticulture business for the country.

Showing appreciation with Kenyan flowers: Union Fleurs and Kenya Flower Council offer roses to EU Commission and Parliament

Throughout 2014, Union Fleurs, together with its member the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) has been intensely working and lobbying towards the completion of the negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the East African Community (EAC). Starting 25 December 2014, all flowers and floricultural products exported from Kenya to the EU can benefit again from duty-free access after being subject to EUGSP duties during the period 1 October – 25 December 2014.

This news came as a huge relief to exporters in Kenya, importers in the EU and the whole floriculture industry after a decade of a roller-coaster process that finally concluded on 16 October 2014 with the completion of the negotiations for an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and the East African Community (EAC). Thanks to a continuous dialogue between the industry representatives , led by Union Fleurs and KFC, and EU-decision makers, the process of reinstatement was further accelerated as both the European Parliament and the Council recognized the crucial importance of the approaching Valentine’s Day peak flower sale season on the EU market.

Seizing the occasion of a visit to Brussels in January 2015, KFC President and Union Fleurs Vice-President Richard Fox took the opportunity to showing appreciation and demonstrating the feel-good effect of flowers by offering beautiful bouquet of roses to the EU Commission officials and Parliament representatives which have shown active support in the past months and helped secure the reinstatement of duty-free access to the EU market for Kenyan flowers. 

Union Fleurs attends CIOPORA General Assembly in Hamburg (28-29 April 2015)

CIOPORA, the International Association of Breeders of Asexually Reproduced Ornamental and Fruit Varieties, hosted from 27 to 30 April 2015 more than 100 plant breeders and intellectual property experts in Hamburg during its 54th Annual General Meeting. Sylvie Mamias, Union Fleurs Secretary General, was kindly invited to take part in the Gala Dinner on 28 April and in the Open Session on 29 April. During the session, participants were briefed by international lawyers as well as marketing and innovation experts on various topics of relevance to the breeding industry, including amongst others the implementation of the Nagoya Protocol in the EU and the UPOV application process for Plant variety rights worldwide, as well as the power of brands and upcoming trends in consumer-oriented approach to flower marketing.

The CIOPORA AGM 2016 will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 25 to 29 April 2016. For more information on CIOPORA and its activities, visit www.ciopora.org

Union Fleurs participates in AIPH Spring Meeting in Paris

Herman de Boon, Union Fleurs President, and Sylvie Mamias, Secretary General, were invited to attend the AIPH Spring Meeting that took place in Paris on 18 March 2015. Participants from the AIPH international membership took part in the meeting, where topics such as sustainable certification, plant variety rights and Green Cities were presented and discussed with relevant experts. Sylvie Mamias was kindly invited to present Union Fleurs and its activities to AIPH members. Insights were also given on the French ornamental horticulture sector with presentations from French branch organisations Val’hor and Promojardin. The schedule and preparations of International Horticulture exhibitions accredited by AIPH were also reviewed; the next exhibitions will take place in Antalya (Turkey) and Tangshan (China) in 2016, Taichung (Chinese Taipei) in 2018, Beijing (China) in 2019 and Almere (Netherlands) in 2022.

The AIPH Annual Congress 2015 will take place in Stresa, Italy  from 20 to 23 October 2015 and will include a visit to the ongoing Milan World Expo 2015 .  For more information on AIPH and its activities, visit www.aiph.org

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THE NETHERLANDS / MPS Jubilee Digital Magazine: 20 years working on sustainability

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary celebration, MPS has released end of June 2015 a special Jubilee Digital Magazine. Theo de Groot, MPS CEO, writes as an introduction to the magazine:

“I am looking back very proudly over the past 20 years. It seems to me that MPS was founded a lot more recently than 1995. This is due to the enormous dynamics with which everyone at MPS goes about their daily work. Also MPS itself has of course undergone an enormous development over the last two decades. Globalization and digitalization are for example, just two important themes. And while we once started out as Milieu Programma Sierteelt, MPS’s credo at a certain point became: More Profitable Sustainability.

One thing has however become clear in the last 20 years: it is easier to gain environmental benefits with small steps for a large group than with large steps for a small group. There has been a big step taken everywhere when it comes to the creation of conscience among growers regarding the use of crop protection agents and natural resources as energy and water. MPS has also largely contributed to greater transparency in the management of individual horticultural entrepreneurs.”

ITALY / San Remo flowers conquer 68th Cannes Film Festival

Italy was a great protagonist at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, held as every year on the French Riviera from 13 to 24 May 2015: along with the usual mix of glamour, movie stars, high fashion and flashing cameras, and among the many Italians competing for the coveted ‘Palme d’Or’ prize, San Remo flower excellence stood out thanks to magnificent flower arrangements displayed by ANCEF for the duration of the festival.

Seven beautiful floral arrangements greeted visitors at the entrance of the Italian Pavillon located at the Hotel Majestic in Cannes, which hosted interviews and press conferences of the protagonists of the Film Festival, promoting both the quality and the style ‘made in Italy’.

The beautiful compositions, made by the gifted hands of designer Francesco Piccirilli, used mainly Phalenopsis Orchids, Craspedia, Peonies, Cymbidiums, Asparagus and Agave leaves. These compositions were 3-D visions inspired by the Film industry: floating flowers designed on several levels and interlaced to create a gorgeous hovering space. The tri-dimensional effect was given both by the methal structure and by fine lenses that supported the whole structure, donating lightness and an open space feeling.

This showcase of San Remo Flowers  at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival was made possible thanks to the collaboration between ANCEF (National Association of Traders & Flowers Exporters) and the San Remo Flower Market (Amaie Energy and Services Ltd), and coordinated by the Genova - Liguria Film Commission.

GERMANY/ BGI to hold its 2015 AGM and 50th anniversary celebration in Berlin on 11-12 September 2015

Union Fleurs German member BGI has released the programme for its 2015 AGM and 50th anniversary celebration, to be held in Berlin on 11 & 12 September 2015: the event will kick-off with the BGI AGM and a reception at the Dutch Embassy on Friday 11 September and will continue with a full day seminar on Saturday 12 September at the Berlin InterContinental Hotel focused on the topic “In Zukunkt handeln” (trading in the future), where many high-level and expert speakers will exchange views with the audience on innovation, growth and communication strategies for flower businesses looking forward. The two-days will conclude with a 50th Jubilee Dinner Party at the Capitol Yard Golf Lounge in the evening. Union Fleurs will be represented at the event by Herman de Boon, President, and Sylvie Mamias, Secretary General. More information on the BGI website (detailed programme and registration form).

THE NETHERLANDS/ VGB launches its new website

After several months of preparation, Union Fleurs member VGB, the Dutch Association of Wholesale Trade in Ornamental Products, launched its brand new website in April 2015: www.vgb.nl The revamp is not only visual as it now also provides essential information for the wholesalers and offers brand new options for calculating their own position on specific markets. As such, most of the data relevant to domestic export and wholesale can be found there, such as the phytosanitary and customs regulations in export countries.

On the VGB members-only restricted area, companies can find country reports, documents, specific data and a helpdesk to assist them in their wholesale activities. Affiliated members can also use the site to make online self-market analysis for specific countries. "With this new site we are able to digitalise a good part of our membership benefits, for a more comfortable and quick access to our members" says VGB director Robert Roodenburg. "Every day the new site will bring them fresh (inter) national news about the sector and other vital information." Beyond the immediate financial benefits for VGB members, the site now offers in his opinion essential knowledge of the market for the member companies and their employees.

Click here to visit the new VGB website and here to read the full article (in Dutch)

FRANCE/ Val’hor presented the new label “Fleurs de France” at the Salon du Végétal in February 2015 in Angers

Since 2006, Union Fleurs French member Val’hor is present every year at the Salon du Végétal in Angers, the most important international business-to-business event in the French horticulture industry. This year the focus was put on certification with the introduction by French Agricultural Minister Stéphane Le Foll of the new label “Fleurs de France” during the fair. The label will allow consumers to clearly identify the flowers and plants produced in France and encourage their choice for local produce which supports French production and economy. “We must be able to differentiate and identify French production in its diversity and richness while highlighting good practices and engagement.”, said Minister Le Foll during his inaugural speech.

All companies producing crops from propagation material (regardless of their provenance) that are registered in France will have the right to use the label “Fleurs de France”. In the case of nursery plants, they will be able to bear the label if more than 50% of their production time was carried through on the French territory.

Click here to read more about the label “Fleurs de France”

FRANCE/ The flower supply-chain explained on French television

From 6 to 10 April 2015, French Public television France 2 broadcasted during its noon news bulletin a mini-series of five episodes that gave to viewers an interesting overview of the floriculture value-chain, both from a French and an international perspective. From Hyères Flower Market (the main Flower Auction in France) to Rungis market (largest wholesale food market in the world), the entire French supply-chain up to flower shops and end-consumers was covered. The focus was also on the global supply chain as the series followed Maxime François, a Flower Wholesaler in Rungis and Union Fleurs member, to Aalsmeer on the occasion of a visit to the Floraholland auction and to one of his Dutch suppliers, Meijer Roses. The fifth and last episode focused on the importance of African imports, with a visit to a French-owned rose farm in Ethiopia that explained French consumers where some of the flowers they buy might come from and how they are grown.

Click here to watch the 4th episode (in French)

DENMARK & THE NETHERLANDS/ Flora Dania and VGB satisfied with the results of the 1st Nordic Flower Expo

Held from 13 to 15 April 2015 in Malmö, Sweden, the first edition of the Nordic Flower Expo was deemed a success by the organisers. Supported by the Dutch Association of Wholesale Trade in Ornamental Products (VGB), the Danish branch organisation Floradania and the International Florist Association Florint, the new Nordic Flower Expo targeted trade visitors from Nordic countries—Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden and their Baltic neighbours: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

The fair attracted over the 3 days more than 2 500 quality visitors with a large number of leading Scandinavian retailers. 140 exhibitors were present at the fair, among which Denmark and Colombia‘s participation particularly stood out.

KENYA/ Kenya Flower Council successfully launches Secretary’s Day celebrations in Kenya

On 20 April 2015, Union Fleurs member the Kenya Flower Council, in partnership with Brussels Airlines and DusitD2, kicked off the Secretary’s/Personal Assistant’s/Admins’ Day in Kenya with a successful launch at DusitD2 hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. For the occasion, the organisers distributed bouquets of flowers to Secretaries and PAs in several companies creating awareness on this internationally recognized day. Although Kenya has not been keen in observing this important day so far, the organizers were able to reach to over 100 companies and 300 secretaries and PAs and are positive the celebration will take up in the coming years. Jane Ngige, CEO of the Kenya Flower Council, urged Kenyan companies to embrace the celebration of this day, adding that the remarkable initiative will contribute to the development and growth of the local flower market and help promote a culture of flower consumption among Kenyans.

Click here to read the full article

KENYA/ Flower sector performance thrives in 2014

The Kenya Flower Council recently reported on the latest figures of the Kenya floriculture sector performance in 2014:

The Kenya Flower sector exported 136, 601 metric tonnes valued at Kshs 54.6 billion in the year 2014. This was a remarkable growth for the sector at 9% in volumes and 18% in value compared to 2013. According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the country’s horticultural sector earned Kshs 100.8 billion in 2014 a 6% growth in comparison with Kshs 94.7 billion earned in 2013.

This came despite the challenges that the flower industry faced in the last quarter of the year when Kenya started exporting under GSP regime from 1 October to 25 December 2014 following the flop of the finalization of the EAC EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Kenya remains one of the top three exporters of cut flowers in the world. The major markets are the EU, America, Australia, Russia, and Japan among others. To remain competitive the sector needs support especially from the Kenyan Government in branding. This can be achieved by promoting the Kenyan brand in the potential markets like Russia, America amongst others. A direct flight to the US would play a very big role in opening the market which is very promising.

Click here to read the full article.

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Latest update from FSI Members Projects

It’s been 8 months since members of the Floriculture Sustainability Initiative (FSI) have started their projects and the intermediate results demonstrate well how FSI Members’ commitment towards sustainable practices is working to achieve the FSI 2020 goal of 90% flowers and plants from responsible sources.

Looking back at a busy week during the International Flower Trade Expo (IFTEX) in Nairobi, Kenya, FSI was able to visit and see the advancements of the FSI members’ projects in the area: the Kenya Flower Council (KFC) invited a number of smallholder farmers involved in their project to present themselves and their products at their own stands during the Expo. HIVOS made use of the event to organise a cross-sectoral, collaborative initiative on CSR on June 5th at the Expo and presented together with Fairtrade and Fair Flowers Fair Plants (FFP) their collective project on living wage. A bit further, in the region of Marigat, 50 small holder farmers are working with Dudutech to implement modern farming methods in this remote area.

In Ethiopia, gender and health related trainings to EHPEA member farms have been successful while the companies engaged in the IPM project with Koppert will soon be able to start with biological treatment. On the Afriflora farm, the wetland to treat and re-use waste water is now fully operational and roll-out to all the farm’s greenhouses is being studied.

At the same time in Colombia, the small scale farmers engaged in the project with Asocolflores are on the way to certification.

In the Netherlands, the first report on the control of residues has been finalised by MPS to be followed by a management residue protocol and an infographic. Also working on the Chain Transparency project, MPS, together with FSI members Royal Lemkes, Waterdrinker, Albert Heijn and IKEA, have made progress by also inviting breeders to cooperate in the project and are working to create a map of the supply chain for the next steps.

Meanwhile, FSI continue to work closely with VGB on the measuring project and data carriers are now on board to have a first measurement by the end of the year and a clear idea on the volumes of flowers and plants from responsible sources. 

Click here to read about all the latest activities from FSI in the June newsletter

‘New look’ AIPH 2016 International Grower of the Year competition – deadline for entry: 11 September 2015

AIPH - the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) - has revamped its traditional International Grower of the Year Award scheme to offer a ‘new look’ competition for the 2016 edition.

The Awards recognise the best of the best nurseries from all over the world and are organised with founding partner FloraCulture International. Growers from anywhere in the world are invited to enter the competition. The deadline for entry to the Awards 2016 has been recently extended until Friday, 11 September 2015. The Awards Gala dinner will take place on Thursday 28 January 2016 during IPM Essen in Germany.

The new look competition offers a number of differences from previous years:

  • There are now three categories for entry and candidates should be nominated for the most appropriate category for their business:
    • Category 1 – Finished Plants and trees
    • Category 2 – Young Plants
    • Category 3 – Cut Flowers and Foliage 
  • Any grower association (not just AIPH members) can nominate growers for each category or growers can nominate themselves.
  • Associations can nominate up to three businesses in each category
  • Applications can be made in  native language (additional translation fee will apply)

Winning an AIPH International Grower of the Year Award raises the profile of a grower on a global scale and improves its reputation as a leading, high quality nursery. The Awards are also a valuable marketing tool, supported by global coverage from the International trade media. 

Click here to download the full brochure with details of the competition (deadline, application form) and here to check the Rules and Procedures.

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PROFLORA 2015, 28 to 30 October 2015, Bogotá, COLOMBIA

This year, Colombia is hosting again the 13th edition of the Proflora Trade Show at the Corferias Centre for conventions in Bogotá, Colombia. More than 300 exhibitors and 7,000 visitors are expected from 60 different countries. Don’t miss this unique event, “The meeting place for the flower industry in 2015”. More information on www.proflora.org.co

IFTF – International Floriculture & Horticulture Trade Fair, 4 -6 November 2015, Vijfhuizen, NETHERLANDS

Union Fleurs will again be present with its own booth (C1.11) at the IFTF - International Floriculture & Horticulture Trade Fair The fair is organised for the 6th year by HPP Exhibitions in the traditional venue of Expo Haarlemmermeer in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands from 4 to 6 November 2015. We look forward to seeing you there! As an exhibitor, Union Fleurs will again be able to offer free multi-day entry tickets to IFTF.  Stay tuned for more information!

Union Fleurs AUTUMN MEETING 2015, 6 to 9 November 2015, Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS

The Union Fleurs Autumn Meeting 2015, hosted by our members MPS and VGB on the occasion of their respective 20th and 40th anniversaries,  will take place from 6 to 9 November 2015 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in continuity with the IFTF.We look forward to seeing many of our members and friends in Rotterdam in November for what promises to be “the best event of the year”!

Union Fleurs GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2016, 4 to 7 June 2016, KENYA

The Union Fleurs General Assembly 2016 will be hosted in Nairobi by the Kenya Flower Council on the occasion of its 20th anniversary celebration. The dates of the event have been set as follows: from Saturday 4 June til Tuesday 7 June 2016 – in order to coincide with the dates of the IFTEX show 5th edition in Nairobi, which will next year be pushed to the second week of June (8 to 10 June 2016). We invite our members to SAVE THE DATES in their diaries and stay tuned for more details on the programme in the coming months!